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Ableism in Atheism Anonymous #14

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Do you consider yourself to be a person with a disability?

parent of child with disability

physical: multiple life-threatening food allergies, including contact allergy, asthma and atopic dermatitis

Have you (or do you personally know someone who has) felt out-of-place or limited your involvement with an atheist community because of disability-related situations?

I asked Minnesota Camp Quest for accommodation for my son’s food allergies and asthma a couple years ago, including my attendence at camp as a health aide, his carrying epi-pen and inhaler, a place in the kitchen to heat up pre-made meals, campers washing their hands after eating and a place for a minifridge.  He was denied access.  I was severely disappointed.  There just aren’t that many places for atheist kids to feel comfortable.

What steps could atheist communities take to become more inclusive?

Accommodate when requested.  An example, I host a meet-up for atheist women, we usually sit at bar chairs.  When a woman in a chair attended, we offered to move to a table where all of us were at a table.  Not a big deal.

Any other thoughts about ableism and atheism?

Thanks for doing the survey!

Response #14 from the Ableism in Atheism survey.

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